Top 4 Tire Recommendations For The Kawasaki Mule, Teryx, And KRX
Jan 15, 2022
When it comes to the Kawasaki Mule, the Kawasaki Teryx and the Kawasaki KRX lineup, we know one thing for certain: you’re going to drive them anywhere, and everywhere you can think of.
As powerful and capable as the Kawasaki side-by-side family is, the stock tires can often leave something to be desired. The all-terrain tires the stock vehicles come with will get you through most trails and back roads to be sure. But when it comes to serious off-road scenarios, you may find the tires your machine came with can sometimes let you down. And by let you down, we actually mean leave you stuck!
Replacement aftermarket tires for your ride are one of the first upgrades many owners make to their UTV. It is a relatively easy upgrade to do, and just about any shop can mount new tires for you.
But what tires do you actually need for your specific use cases?
Aside from what size Kawasaki Mule tires and wheels your UTV can fit, today we will cover some of the most popular use cases, types of tires needed, and even a few suggestions as to which model to buy. After all, with hundreds of different Kawasaki Teryx tire options out there, the information overload is all too real.
So let's get started!
Types of Kawasaki Teryx and Mule Tires
To know what type of tire you may need to replace the stock ones with, it is important to know that there are a few different styles of tires to look out for:
- All-purpose tires / street tires
- Sand tires / dune tires / dirt tires
- Mud tires
- Rock climbing tires
Tire styles seem to pop up all the time, kind of like sub-genres of music if I’m being honest. But this list will get you to the info you’re likely seeking and help you make an informed choice for your next set of tires.
All-Purpose Kawasaki Teryx Tires
For those that aren’t as serious about epic off-road challenges, an all-purpose tire will be your best option. They're great for jaunts around the property, riding down the trail to your favorite fishing hole, or transporting your camping gear from the truck to the campsite.
A great set of tires like the Offroad Carnivore 8-Ply Radial Tire - 14 and 15 Inch by Maxxis will get you just about anywhere you need to go, and improve the off-road performance greatly over your stock tires.
Kawasaki Mule / Teryx Dune and Sand Tires
If you take a trip to the dunes and think you can rely on your stock Kawasaki Teryx tires to take them in stride, you’re about to be severely disappointed.
Kawasaki Teryx paddle tires will be the go-to here.
When operating any heavy vehicles in the dunes and super loose sand that accompanies them, proper paddle tires will be the only thing that saves you from getting stuck. Models such as the Dune Rear Tire by Pro Armor have a paddle-like design to them that helps to grab and push dirt while propelling your UTV in a fashion similar to that of an old-school paddle boat. This tried and true style of tire is a sure-fire way to make sure you’re able to rip through the sand and up the dunes while others with every-day tires are left stuck behind!
Kawasaki UTV Tires for Rocks and Roots
Don’t let the Jeep Wranglers get ahead of you on the rock climbing trails!
Big rocks, shallow roots and logs blocking your way all present unique challenges to the stock Kawasaki Teryx tires. Standard grip models may not have enough grip or notches in them to grab onto rocks and roots. Sand and dune tires are certainly too slippery, too. So you’re just out of luck then, right?
No, you’ll just need to get a lot more… aggressive.
Tires such as the EFX Motomtc Tires by MSA have huge, aggressive lugs that are perfect for grabbing onto rocks, roots and literally any surface you can drive through -- or over for that matter. Give your side-by-side the grip it needs to go anywhere, anytime.
Kawasaki UTV Tires for Fun in the Mud
We all know taking our Kawasaki KRX through the mud can be one of the most primal, feel-good inducing activities one can experience.
But not every tire is made to handle the mud, and getting stuck in said mud is one of the worst ways we can think of to spend your vacation, isn’t it?
Thankfully, Kawasaki KRX mud tires like the Intimidator UTV All-Terrain Tire by SuperATV exist to make sure your UTV is ready for every muddy hill and bog that you can find on your next trip.
The Extra Mile
Even with a brand new set of off-road Kawasaki Teryx tires, Mule tires, or KRX tires that will cater to your UTV’s trail riding capabilities, two more upgrades may be needed.
Bigger, more aggressive tires may not always fit on your stock suspension!
A replacement Kawasaki Teryx A-Arm kit will give you higher clearance to fit those taller tires, as well as give your side-by-side some much needed extra ground clearance. And a long-travel axle kit will ensure that your UTV’s stance is wide enough to fit those fatter, grippier tires as well.
As you can see, there’s more to choosing new tires than just the brand itself. Hopefully this information helps you to narrow down your choices and makes the decision easier on you. Here at Everything Kawasaki Offroad, we have all of the best brands of tires and aftermarket accessories just a click away!